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September 28, 2016 Cover Art Coverage 0

 

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Moonshadow (Elder Races #10) by Thea Harrison

Expected publication: December 13th 2016

Source: Goodreads

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Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) Storm's Heart (Elder Races,... Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races... Oracle's Moon (Elder Races,... Lord's Fall (Elder Races, #5) Kinked (Elder Races, #6) Night's Honor (Elder Races,... Midnight's Kiss (Elder Race... Shadow's End (Elder Races, #9)

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Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…

No Author Comment Available.

Julia Says 

This cover looks too much like THE GOBLIN KING to really wow me, but then again, that’s also a sign that I’ve read way too much UF.  Most Elder Races covers are pretty blah, but the inside just sparkles.

James Says 

Shirtless guy with bad stock art in the background.

Buried Heart (Court of Fives #3) by Kate Elliott

Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: Goodreads

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Court of Fives (Court of Fi... Poisoned Blade (Court of Fi...

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In Buried Heart, the country is in disarray, as the Commoner class are in the midst of a revolt against their Patron overlords. But the real enemy is approaching from foreign lands, and Jessamy must find a way to unite the country and save the people she loves. In this thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, Jessamy finds herself in a war against her beloved Prince Kalliarkos.

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Julia Says 

A little flat online, but I assume it will pop more in person.

James Says 

I’m not impressed with logo covers.It’s a cool logo, but I don’t pick up logo covers.

One Blood Ruby (Seven Black Diamonds #2) by Melissa Marr

Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by HarperCollins

Source: Goodreads

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Seven Black Diamonds (Seven...

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Now that Lilywhite Abernathy is the heir to the Hidden Lands, everything is about to change.

The Queen of Blood and Rage wants Lily to help broker peace with the human world, but Lily knows that harmony won’t come easily. After decades of waging war on the humans, who cost the queen her firstborn daughter, the fae are struggling to accept Lily, a half-human monarch. And the humans, while no match against faery affinities, will hardly agree to the queen’s détente without resistance.

Lily wants to be a fair ruler but fears having to abandon the life she’s known to do so. Now that she and Creed are more than just fellow Black Diamonds—operatives for the queen—her priorities have shifted. But her worries about assuming the throne are derailed when it becomes clear that someone—or some fae—is masterminding violent attacks to discourage peace.

In this gripping follow-up to Melissa Marr’s lush Seven Black Diamonds, Lily and her friends are forced to reckon with the truth of their own parentage and to protect one of their own, no matter what—or who—comes between them.

No Author Comment Available.

Julia Says 

The crystal doesn’t seem to fit well with the soft, organic flower.

James Says 

The crystals coming out of the flower look really cool, but it tells me nothing about the book.

The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer

Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Baen

Source: Goodreads

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Book One in a new saga by the Romantic Times Sapphire award winning author of the Internationally Best-Selling Elfhome series.

REBUILD A LIFE, SAVE A CITY

Silas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last three hundred years—each time less and less successfully. Now he lives alone, buried under a hoarding habit, struggling to find some reason to wake up with the setting of the sun.

Eloise is a Virtue, pledged to hunting evil.  What she doesn’t know is how to live alone in a city full of strangers who know nothing about monsters.

Seth is the sixteen-year old Prince of Boston, ward of the Wolf King.  Now he is left in a city that desperately needs his protection with enemies gathering all around.

Joshua believes he is a normal, college-bound high school senior.  His life is shattered when he wakes up in a field, covered with blood, and the prom committee scattered in pieces about him like broken dolls.

These four must now come together to unravel a plot by Wickers, witches who gain power from human sacrifices and have the power to turn any human into their puppet. Four people who lost everything struggle to save Boston by saving each other.

About Wen Spencer’s Elfhome series:
“Spencer’s intertwining of current Earth technology and otherworldly elven magic is quite ingenious.” —Booklist

“The melange of science fiction and fantasy tropes, starships rubbing shoulders with proud elf warriors, is uncommon but tasty. Established fans will enjoy this installment, and those unfamiliar with the series or Spencer may find it an intriguing introduction to her work.”—Publishers Weekly

About Wen Spencer:
“Wit and intelligence inform this off-beat, tongue-in-cheek fantasy. . . . Furious action . . . good characterization, playful eroticism and well-developed folklore. . . . lift this well above the fantasy average. . . . Buffy fans should find a lot to like in the book’s resourceful heroine.”—Publishers Weekly on series debut Tinker

About Wen Spencer’s Eight Million Gods:
Eight Million Gods is a wonderfully weird romp through Japanese mythology, culture shock, fan culture and the ability to write your own happy ending. It is diverting and entertaining fantasy.”—Galveston County Daily News

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Julia Says 

Weird eyes, mis-proportioned head and bodies.

James Says 

I want to like this one, but the wolves proportions are all off. That completely distracts me from anything else on the cover.

Hexbound (Dark Arts #2) by Bec McMaster

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Source: Goodreads

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Shadowbound (Dark Arts, #1)

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It should have been an easy task…

Verity Hastings has a little trick; she can find anything, no matter where it’s hidden. It’s a skill that’s kept her safe and fed all the way from the orphanages and workhouses of her youth. But when she steals a mysterious item for a masked man, she knows the con is on her this time.

In order to protect herself from his associates, she can turn to only one person: Adrian Bishop, the sorcerer she stole the relic from.

Scarred recluse, Adrian Bishop, is rarely surprised anymore. But when a rather enticing little handful turns up on his doorstep claiming to be his mysterious thief, he doesn’t know what to think. He needs the relic back, no matter the cost, and he’s not above using Verity to find it. But as Verity begins to sneak under his guard, for the first time in years there’s a ray of light in his dark world. He will do anything to protect her–anything–but can Verity ever love him once she learns the truth of his darkest secret?

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Julia Says 

She’s gorgeous, he looks like Fabio and Beast had a Victorian love child.

James Says 

Models plus a cityscape with a little magic effects. Nothing special here drawing me to it.

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

Expected publication: August 8th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Goodreads

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Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

No Author Comment Available.

Julia Says 

This is a modern Klimt muse.

James Says 

I really don’t like the strange golden, glittery circles all over the cover. I would turn this book around on the bookshelf instead of looking at it.

Freedom’s Slave (Dark Caravan Cycle #3) by Heather Demetrios

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Source: Goodreads

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Exquisite Captive (Dark Car... Blood Passage (Dark Caravan...

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An Empress Fighting for Her Crown
After three long years in exile, Nalia is ready to return to her homeland and sit on the throne that is rightfully hers. But the gods might have other plans. Forced to endure untold horrors on the journey to Arjinna, Nalia learns that it will take more than cutting down the tyrant Calar to get her crown.

An Army Fighting to Survive
Raif’s return to Arjinna as the commander of the revolution against Calar and her army isn’t as smooth as he’d hoped. Though he has more soldiers than ever before, his love for Nalia is losing him the trust of his comrades…and the war. But little does the resistance know that insurrection is brewing among Calar’s own ranks—and from the one person she trusts the most.

A Land Worth Fighting for
Arjinna is dying—Calar’s evil experiments with dark magic and the strength of her own psychic powers threaten to destroy the land of the jinn. Is Nalia and Raif’s enduring love enough to transform and rescue their homeland? Will they be willing to save the realm, no matter the cost?

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Julia Says 

I’m a fan of the superhero stance, but this looks a little juvenile.  Maybe this series skews on the young side of YA?

James Says 

Logo cover, that is made even more boring with the almost completly white cover.

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